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STEM Education News

November 21, 2014

In This Issue:

Number of High School Graduates Who Plan to Teach STEM Low, Unlikely to Meet Expected Demand

ACT Newsroom, 11/19/14

Despite high interest in STEM overall, the number of 2014 high school graduates who plan to teach STEM subject areas is small and unlikely to meet future demand, according to The Condition of STEM 2014, a new report released today by ACT.

Among the more than 1.8 million 2014 U.S. high school graduates who took The ACT®, nearly half—close to 900,000 students—were interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) overall. Just 4,424 of those students, however, indicated they planned to teach math, while a meager 1,115 said they intended to teach science. Full article

White House Honors Top Scientists and Engineers, Announces New STEM Education Commitments

Yesterday, the White House recognized the nation’s newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in these fields. During the White House ceremony, President Obama presented the medals to the 19 awardees and announced new commitments to the Educate to Innovate campaign, an initiative, now in its fifth year, focused on strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The White House announced the following new commitments and updates:

  • 100kin10, a network of more than 200 partners, is announcing that it has raised another $28 million in support of the goal of preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over a decade.
  • Change the Equation, a coalition of leading CEOs, is committing to expanding high-quality STEM programs to more than 1 million students by 2016.
  • Discovery Communications will launch a new show next year to inspire students in STEM fields, highlighting “All-American Makers.”
  • Continued growth in students reached by range of companies, non-profits, Federal agencies and others participating in the President’s campaign, including National Math and Science Initiative, US2020, Time Warner Cable, Maker Education Initiative, Institute of Museum and Libraries Services, Corporation for National and Community Service,Underwater Dreams and others.

Read the full fact sheet of announcements and progress updates here. Read more about the award ceremony and watch the video here.

Member News
DuPont Invites Elementary School Classes to Participate in New STEM Competition

The DuPont Challenge, now in its 29th year, recently announced the new addition of a science writing competition for elementary school students. This will take place alongside the existing science essay competition for middle school and high school students. The DuPont Challenge Elementary Division asks teachers to help their students explore STEM topics in a classroom-based challenge that gives students the chance to participate in a creative, inquiry-based exploration. The challenges are based on the Next Generation Science Standards appropriate for each grade level and ask students to research, observe, analyze, interpret and communicate creatively. Together, the students will show their imagination and originality by writing a science story about what they discovered.

Teachers and their students in grades K-5 across the United States, Canada and U.S. Territories may submit their science stories until March 1, 2015. Six grand prize winners (one for each grade) and 30 honorable mentions (five for each grade) will be recognized. The DuPont Challenge Elementary Division offers more than $50,000 in prizes and awards for the winning students, teachers and schools. Awards include a Science Is Fun Day assembly for the winning classroom, as well as educational materials and science resources from Britannica Digital Learning, Science Weekly and Carolina Biological Supply. The winning teacher in each grade also receives an expenses-paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference in 2016.

For more information about the new Elementary Division, including official rules, entry form and details on awards, please visit You can also learn more about the Junior and Senior Divisions at

Washington Partners Examines the Elections’ Impact on Education Policy

On Monday, November 10, the Alliance for Excellent Education and Washington Partners, LLC (WPLLC) hosted a webinar, “2014 Election Results: The Impact on Federal Education Policy.” The discussion covered the results of the 2014 midterm elections, what they mean for the Committees that are key to education policy and what the new Congress might do on certain issues.  While the webinar was well-attended, with hundreds of viewers during the live session, those who missed it can see an archived version of the webinar here.  WPLLC also wrote a “2014 Midterm Election Analysis” that examines the overall results and the backgrounds of the incoming new Members, with an eye to any education policy perspectives or experiences.  View WPLLC’s 2014 midterm election analysis here.

Member News
ITEEA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

RESTON, Virginia, November 11, 2014, ITEEA – The professional and life members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) have completed a balloting process to elect a new President-Elect and Directors for Region I and III. Joining the ITEEA Board of Directors in March 2015 as a result of the election will be:

  • Jared P. Bitting, DTE (President-Elect). Jared is a Technology and Engineering Education Teacher and Department Chair at Fleetwood Middle School in Fleetwood, PA.
  • Philip A. Reed (Region I Director). Philip is an Associate Professor in the Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
  • Michael A. Sandell (Region III Director). Michael is a Technology and Engineering Educator at Chisago Lake High School in Lindstrom, MN.

Also joining the ITEEA Board of Directors is:

  • Rory (R.J.) Dake. R.J. is Technology Education Program Consultant for the Kansas Board of Education. He will represent the Council for Supervision and Leadership.
  • Geoff Wright. Geoff is an Associate Professor of Technology and Engineering Education at Brigham Young University and he will represent the Technology and Engineering Collegiate Association.

Sincere thanks are extended to the new board members for taking on this leadership role, and to the other candidates for bringing such a wealth of experience and talent to the balloting process. By being part of the ballot, each of the candidates has demonstrated leadership in the field. For more information about Triangle Coalition Member ITEEA, go to

Retiring U.S. Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., a Scientist and Teacher, to Lead AAAS

Ginger Pinholster, AAAS News, 11/18/14

Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., who will retire from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his eighth term, has agreed to join the world’s largest general scientific organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.

He will succeed Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., who had previously announced that he would be stepping down as AAAS CEO.

Holt, a research physicist and former teacher, will serve as the 18th chief executive of the 166-year-old non-profit, non-partisan AAAS after his legislative term ends, during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting, February 12-16, in San Jose, Ca. Full article at AAAS News